At Eaton Park Academy, we want all of our pupils to feel safe and happy in school. Our school’s child-friendly definition of bullying is:

Bullying is hurting someone physically or emotionally Several Times On Purpose – STOP Bullying!

We help our pupils by:

  • Helping them to know what bullying is
  • Sharing what children should do if they feel like they are being bullied, or if someone else is being bullied
  • Teaching them who they can go to if they need support or someone to talk to
  • Being there to support our pupils to make things better

Remember, sometimes we don’t know if something bad is happening, so it is important to tell someone about how you are feeling. If you want to, you can always use our online worry box to share how you are feeling through our website.

What we do in school:

Every year we support our pupils by taking part in the national Anti-bullying Week. During this week, our pupils learn about the different types of bullying, what they should do if they feel like they are being targeted and whom they can talk to.

Throughout the year, we have various assemblies and themed days linked to online safety, bullying, friendships and our academy values, which all underpin and support our pupils with being good role models and with their understanding of what bullying is.

We also support our pupils through the use of our academy’s Ambassadors who are trained on how to deal with any reports of bullying.

Who can help you in school?

Mr Bell – Anti-Bullying Leader

Mrs Bell – Head of Academy / Safeguarding

Mrs Sawyer – Vice Principal / Safeguarding

Mrs Oakes – Inclusion / Safeguarding

Mrs Sherwin – Family Support Worker

Types of unwelcome acts of bullying include:

Physical – hitting, kicking, tripping up, pinching, pushing or damaging property

Verbal – name calling, insults, teasing, ‘jokes’, mocking, taunting, gossiping, secrets and threats.

Non-verbal – staring, body language, gestures, posturing.

Indirect – excluding / leaving people out, spreading rumours and stories, emails, chat rooms, messaging phones, notes, making rude gestures or faces.

Racist – name calling, or negative comments about race, culture or religion

Online bullying or Cyberbullying – any of those actions above that take place online through digital devices e.g., mobile phones, computers and tablets.

What can parents do to support us?

“Follow the Three Step Parents and Carers Guide to Reporting Bullying with Confidence.”

1. Is it bullying? Bullying is “Behaviour by an individual or a group, usually repeated over time that intentionally hurts another individual either physically or emotionally.” 2. What should I do? We expect parents to:

– Inform the school of any suspected bullying even if it’s not their child. – Encourage their child to report bullying to a member of staff. – Inform their child not to retaliate through violence in any situation. – If their child has been accused of bullying, work in partnership with the school and listen to the evidence.

3. What happens next? We will:

– Listen and take time to talk to children who disclose bullying, take what they say seriously and investigate the situation. – Report back to parents/carers regarding their concerns about bullying as quickly as possible. – Use a variety of techniques to resolve the issues between those who bully and those who have been bullied.

Pupil Voice

Digital Literacy Leader (Y2) – ‘Don’t talk to strangers online, if a stranger does talk to us then tell an adult.’

Playground Warrior (KS1) – ‘We stop bullying so nobody gets hurt in school. We must not hurt anybody physically.’

LKS2 Pupil (Y4) – ‘If we see someone bullying, we tell an adult and don’t keep it inside because it will keep getting worse.’

Digital Literacy Leader (KS2) – ‘We keep ourselves safe online by not giving our personal information out and reporting things we don’t like to a trusted adult.’

UKS2 Pupil (Y6) – ‘We know that our school definition of bullying is where you hurt someone Several Times On Purpose – STOP bullying!’

Policy

EPA Child Friendly Anti-Bullying Policy

Childline is a free 24-hour counselling service for children and young people up to their 19th birthday in the United Kingdom provided by the NSPCC. Childline deals with any issue which causes distress or concern, common issues dealt with include child abuse, bullying, mental illness parental separation or divorce, pregnancy, substance misuse, neglect and psychological abuse.

Childline is yours – a free, private and confidential service where you can be you. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help, however you want to get in touch. They are there for you online, on the phone, anytime.

A Childline counsellor:

  • Will listen to yo
  • Knows it takes courage to contact us
  • Is genuine, open and friendly
  • Knows about the problems young people can face
  • Wont judge you or put you down
  • Isn’t easily shocked
  • Will let you take your time

6 Facts about Childline:

  1. They were started in1986 by Esther Rantzen
  2. They help any young person in the UK
  3. You can talk to them in English or Welsh
  4. They can help with anything – from abuse and bullying to exam stress and relationships
  5. Calling Childline is free and doesn’t show up on the phone bill
  6. In 2006 they joined the NSPCC to help even more young people

 

CONTACTING CHILDLINE

You can talk to them about anything. No problem is too big or too small.
Call them on 0800 1111 or get in touch online. However you choose to contact them, you’re in control. It’s confidential and you don’t have to give your name if you don’t want to.

CHILDLINE CONFIDENTIALITY PROMISE

Confidentiality means not telling anyone else about what you’ve said. So whatever you say will be just between you and Childline and you can feel safe talking to them, knowing that no one else will find out. But sometimes, if they are worried about your safety, they may need to get you help.

Useful websites and links:

Child friendly info document

Kidscape – Help With Bullying (kidscape.org.uk)

Anti-Bullying Alliance – For Parents and Carers (anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk)

NSPCC – Anti-bullying resources | NSPCC Learning

Mindmate – Worried about bullying? – MindMate

Childline – Childline | Childline

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| Ofsted 2019

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